2020 FULLY BOOKED, NOW BOOKING 2021 WEDDINGS

Honest. Natural. Authentic.

Photography for those seeking the thrill of love, who adore the rush of exploring somewhere new, who are up for anything. Catching these moments that reflect your love for you to remember years from now is what makes my heart skip a beat!  I'm so looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your unique story – whatever and wherever it is! It's beauty is worth capturing.

in CINCINNATI and beyond

capturing adventurous love
wherever YOU are

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I've been capturing weddings for over 7 years and I seriously can't get enough of them! They're the heartbeat of my photography work. I love to walk with you through the process and get to know you which is why I focus solely on weddings and limit it to 30 a year. I want to give you both the care you deserve as you plan your big day! Plus, I'm a firm believer that familiarity builds authenticity and opens up our personalities which is precisely what I want to capture!

I want your photos to ooze your honest, exciting and natural love!

OHIO & DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Oh hey, I'm Shelby!

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I want your friends and family to look at those photos and say, "YES. That's her. That's him. That's them. That laugh and that quirky smile." I want these photos to be easy and real, to showcase your love and your story wherever you are. So...let's start!

"Shelby is simply amazing. Shelby knows how to help you relax, guide you into poses and provide you with a finished product that makes you feel like you're fashion-magazine worthy (even if you're like me - just your 'average' bride)! She's incredibly kind, creative and upbeat. I felt like my best friend was taking my photos!"   
- Elizabeth & Collin from San Francisco

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"Makes you feel like you're magazine worthy!"

"My experience with Odessa James Photography was amazing!! My fiancé and I felt so comfortable behind the camera which isn’t usually the case and the photos turned out even more amazing then I thought! She did a fabulous job capturing the little moments. I am so grateful to have these pictures for the rest of my life!"
- Peyton & Joseph from Denver

 

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"I am so grateful to have these pictures for the rest of my life."

"Shelby is amazing! She is extremely talented and an absolute joy to be around. We had so much fun running around Red Rocks posing like Vogue models under a rising sun. She is so easy going and easy to connect with. I absolutely recommend Shelby and her vibrant spirit. Don't just settle for pics around someone's yard or a lake by your house."  
- Allison & Will from Colorado Springs

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"Give her a fun beautiful spot you've dreamed of having photos taken in."

"I really hope I can put into words how incredibly impressed & happy we are with Shelby. She photographed our wedding this past May and I can imagine having every single photo framed and put on our walls. Shelby did an amazing job capturing our wedding day but her work goes way beyond that! She was genuine, fun and just as adventurous as us! I could not recommend her and her work enough."
 - Tricia & Zack from Kentucky

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"I can imagine having every single photo framed."

She was absolutely amazing at capturing precious moments and interactions as well as scenery and landscape at our destination wedding in Maine. She has a way of making you feel at ease and while helping stage the most wonderful photos! Highly recommend! She's not only excellent at her job but also is one of kindest people you'll ever meet!."
 - Ramune & Ben from Maine

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"The most talented, kind-hearted, and creative photographer!!"

In the months leading up to the wedding and on the day itself she went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and having fun and just enjoying the moment. I have never been so excited to get an email saying our pictures were ready. I haven't stopped showing them off. She did a phenomenal job capturing our day, our family, and our friends. These pictures will literally last a lifetime.
- Suzy and Eric from Ohio

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"Amazingly talented photographer who goes above and beyond!"

Shelby is everything! She's so creative and fun to work with. She really knows how to connect with her couples and make them comfortable. She's definitely highly talented and we absolutely recommend her for weddings and elopements!
- KMC Weddings & Events
Cincinnati-based Wedding Coordinator

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"Knows how to connect
with her couples."

from ODESSA JAMES couples

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